TCA News: Chelsea Handler glad she’s not playing herself on new NBC comedy ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?

Jake McDorman, Lauren Lapkus, Mark Povinelli, Laura Prepon, Ali Wong, Lenny Clarke in ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? | ©2011 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

Talk show host Chelsea Handler adds the sitcom to her resume with the new NBC comedy ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? which is based on her book and life exploits and her love of Vodka. The series airs Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm beginning January 11 following WHITNEY. Laura Prepon plays a younger Chelsea, while Handler plays her own sister on the show. While speaking during NBC’s TCA press tour, Handler explained she didn’t want to play herself. “It’s a dream come true to have someone else portray me and a pleasure to play my sister,” says Handler. “Now I can […]Read On »


TCA News: Betty White is OFF HER ROCKER for new NBC reality show

Betty White in BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Matthias Clamer

At age 89 (soon to be 90), Betty White is one of the hottest and most sought after comediennes currently working today and now NBC has nabbed her for a new reality show called BETTY WHITE’S OFF HER ROCKER. In the series, she gets septuagenarians to do outrageous “hidden camera” pranks. Though the show doesn’t currently have a release date, White did appear at today’s NBC TCA press event to speak about her fortunate career that seems to be getting hotter every year. “I’m having the time of my life,” says White. “Usually you’re sweating out ‘when is the next […]Read On »


TCA News: NBC not worried about Howard Stern as an AMERICA’S GOT TALENT judge

Howard Stern on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON | ©2011 NBC/Lloyd Bishop

With Howard Stern set to take over for Piers Morgan on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT this summer, NBC has been taken to task by the Parents Television Council (PTC) for this decision, worried that Stern will tarnish the show’s family-friendly image. However, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at today’s NBC TCA press tour says he’s not worried by Stern and his previous Shock Jock antics at all and thinks he will make a great addition to the hit summer franchise. “I’m not worried a bit,” says Greenblatt. “Aside from his radio personality, he’s a very thoughtful and intelligent person. He’s a […]Read On »


TCA News: NBC very proud of UP ALL NIGHT and hopes for growth on Thursday nights

Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in UP ALL NIGHT - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2011 NBC/Trae Patton

Even though NBC gave its plum post THE OFFICE time slot to the traditional sitcom WHITNEY this fall, NBC has been very encouraged by the single camera comedy UP ALL NIGHT starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett that’s been holding its own on Wednesday nights. That’s one of the reasons NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt decided to move UP ALL NIGHT to Thursday nights at 9:30 midseason and spoke about the change at today’s TCA press tour. “We’re very buoyed by UP ALL NIGHT,” says Greenblatt. “It’s creatively strong and getting stronger. It was thrown out on its own on […]Read On »


TCA News: Expect more FEAR FACTOR on NBC in the years to come

FEAR FACTOR logo | ©2011 NBC

One of the biggest surprises this December was the ratings success for the limited return of NBC’s once seminal reality series FEAR FACTOR. Even though it’s not currently scheduled for mid-season, NBC Entertainment Chairman sees the series as a utility player for the network for years to come. “FEAR FACTOR always seems to do well and it predates me,” says Greenblatt. “We actually ordered those episodes last summer because we worried we would have no NFL in the fall. I think we wanted the show to kind of expand on the stunts and the daring do of it. People like […]Read On »


TCA News: NBC reflects on the failure of PRIME SUSPECT

Maria Bello in PRIME SUSPECT - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

Even though PRIME SUSPECT looked like one of NBC’s most promising fall dramas (and was given the prime Thursday 10:00 pm time slot), yet the series never clicked with viewers. Reflecting on why the series didn’t work, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt spoke briefly about the series and his disappointment that it didn’t nab the ratings he expected. “Creatively I loved that show and everyone who worked hard on it and Maria Bello was incredible,” says Greenblatt. “What did we learn? I learned that, it’s going to take awhile. There is no revelation or shocking epiphany about the fall, it […]Read On »


TCA News: NBC says SMASH is very important show to the network

Brian d'Arcy, Frank Houston, Jaime Cepero, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Raza Jaffrey in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Mark Seliger

While there’s been a lot of hype for the new NBC midseason musical drama SMASH (and yes, the show more than lives up to it), today at the NBC TCA press tour, Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt says the series is very important to the network, which is why they’ve scheduled it to air after the second season of their hit reality singing competition THE VOICE on Monday nights. “SMASH is going to be very important to us,” says Greenblatt. “I don’t think it’s a make or break show for us. We’re really proud of it and what it could do. […]Read On »


TCA News: NBC explains decision to bench COMMUNITY and no, it’s not cancelled

Joel McHale in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Biology 101" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

When COMMUNITY was missing from NBC’s midseason schedule, many thought that this was the first nail in the coffin before cancellation. However, at today’s NBC TCA press tour session, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt wanted to clarify that COMMUNITY will be back once a time slot opens up. “COMMUNITY was moved to 8 a couple of years ago and that’s an incredibly competitive time slot on Thursdays,” says Greenblatt. “I’m curious what something else will do there. I don’t know if it makes sense to ask COMMUNITY to start off night again. We have a tight schedule with comedies and […]Read On »


TCA News: NBC is frank about the network’s disappointing fall season

NBC 2011 logo | ©2011 NBC

It’s rare for a network big wig to be frank with the television press, but that’s what NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt did when he spoke today at NBC TCA press tour. Before questions were asked, he came out and admitted that NBC’s fall schedule did not live up to expectations. “We had a really bad fall and worse than I hoped for and about what I expected,” Greenblatt says. “People say there’s only way to go but up and there’s a lot to do before we get there.” He did not that there is “good news.” “We have new […]Read On »

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